No decision on CVC, CIC heads

No decision on CVC, CIC heads

The search for a new Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) and Central Information Commissioner (CIC) is set to be a long drawn affair with the government receiving hundreds of applications for the posts.

The first meeting of the selection panel chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi held on Saturday was inconclusive. 

The meeting was also attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh. 

Sources said as many as 203 applications were received for the post of the CIC, 553 people had applied for the three vacancies of information commissioners. As many as 130 applications were received for the post of CVC.

At the meeting held at 7 Race Course Road here, it is learnt that Kharge sought a list of eligible candidates on which a discussion can take place.

At the 30-minute meeting, the members are learnt to have had a brief discussion on the procedures. It was felt that some additional information was required about the candidates under consideration. “Another meeting of the selection committee will be called in the first week of June,” Kharge told reporters. The post of CIC has been lying vacant for over nine months after Rajiv Mathur’s term ended on August 22. 

In the Central Vigilance Commission, CVC Pradeep Kumar completed his term on September 28. 

The vacancies had prompted Congress president Sonia Gandhi to slam the Modi government for delaying the key appointments.

“All these are instruments to combat corruption and blunting them casts serious aspersions on this government's real intentions,” Sonia had said, while making a rare intervention in the Lok Sabha earlier this month.

An NGO had filed a PIL in the Supreme Court in December seeking a stay on appointments to the CVC. It stated that the Centre was going ahead with the appointments without giving wide publicity to the vacancies.

The apex court had on December 17 asked the Centre to take its prior “leave” before going ahead with the key appointments. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court lifted the embargo and allowed the Centre to go ahead with the appointments of the CVC and the vigilance commissioner. In case of the CIC, RTI activists had moved the Delhi High Court over the delay in appointments. 

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